This years crop for me is really bad, especially the snap peas. You pick them,
even ones that are still small, and eat them. Chew, chew, chew, and you end up
with a mouthful of green fiber.
I am using the same bed as alternating previous years, with no real change in my
technique as far as I know. The weather here in Seattle was, and mostly
continues to be cool this year.
snap beans like green beans? picking them
too late. for pea pod type beans, also picking
them too late. i try to get them when the
flower is still attached (dried up but still
too cool doesn't seem likely, but
perhaps lack of sunlight could influence
them somehow (i don't quite see how, but
i'm willing to learn something new :) ).
is the patch getting more shade
than previous seasons?
ah, here it has been hot hot hot so all the
wax and green beans have been much tougher
than they were last year. things are finally
cooling off a little for a bit and all the
beans are flowering like mad.
today i was out sampling the pinto beans
and they are excellent. if i weren't
interested in keeping some rounder green
beans that come in earlier (for canning and
making three bean salad) i'd never plant
them again as i like the pinto beans much
better for taste and tenderness. these
particular pinto beans are climbing too
so they are wandering around, but i don't
care. :) there might be a bush variety
with the same taste and texture. don't know
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